CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Through a partnership with Iowa Donor Network, NASCAR driver and Cedar Rapids native, Joey Gase, returns to his hometown to not only race, but to promote awareness about organ donations.
Gase has had a passion to inspire his race fans to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor since age 18, when his mom, Mary, passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm and became a donor, saving 66 lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Gase will be racing in the Big 8 Late Model Series race on Friday, June 4 at Haweyes Downs Speedway, and then returning for the "Be A Hero 30" 602 Late Model race, sponsored by Iowa Donor Network on Saturday, June 12th.
Gase is encouraging people to submit a Message of Hope to be displayed on his race care for the June 12th race to help inspire all to donate life.
On Friday, Gase's car will feature a photo of an organ donor who saved lives in 2012, and the donor's daughter will be attending the race to look their dad's photo on the race car.
As of June 1st, there are more than 107,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, including nearly 600 in Iowa. A single organ donor can save up to eight lives and a single tissue donor can heal 50-300 people. Iowans can register to save lives at IowaDonorNetwork.org.